The Commonwealth Coast Conference released a statement yesterday regarding the cancelation of intercollegiate athletic competition for winter sports for the 2020-2021 season. Salve Regina coaches and student athletes have been made aware of this decision.
We understand the disappointment and impact this decision has on our student athletes, as they have had to endure similar decisions throughout the course of the pandemic. Salve Regina will continue to assess the current climate regarding opportunities for student athletes to participate in their sport in some way while also ensuring that they, and our larger community, remain safe. Mitigating the spread of the virus is what is most important at this time, and our students have been preparing for this outcome.
The statement from the Commonwealth Coast Conference is below:
During a meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) board of directors voted to cancel conference competition for winter sports for the 2020-2021 season.
The cancelation of conference competition applies only to contests scheduled by the league office, including the conference championship. Each institution maintains autonomy to compete independently, including contests against other conference schools that choose to play. This position applies to both winter sports and any others in the 2020-2021 season that had been previously canceled.
This decision which, affects men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s ice hockey, was made following months of discussions by conference leadership including presidents and athletic directors regarding how to return to play safely in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Throughout these discussions, ensuring the health and safety of not only our student-athletes, but everyone in our campus communities and mitigating the spread of the virus remained the principal objectives.
Given current infection rates and the state regulations regarding interstate travel, the board came to the conclusion that a CCC winter sports schedule was not feasible.
At this time, it is the conference’s intent to sponsor CCC competition for spring sports beginning March 27 pending the board’s review of health guidance and travel restrictions. Spring sports include baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s golf and women’s track & field.
Additionally, due to state and local restrictions, there will be no spectators permitted at any sporting event that is conducted in 2020-2021.